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Bringing Japanese Interior Design Into Your Home

Oct 19, 2007
How to bring Oriental accents into your home to create a Japanese or Chinese look. Use of small items can create a big look.

If you have been searching for a style design for your home that shows style and class, you should consider Asian design. There are so many different ways to incorporate this style, but so many people don't know how to begin to introduce this classic style. Here are some tips that will help.

The Japanese style is very popular and easy to imitate. You can create this style by just using a few simple touches in your home. Putting in a Shoji screen will automatically transform your room because it is such a unique style. These screens are simple frames made of wood with rice paper, sometimes with designs upon it, as a filler. The design may be simple or complex, depending on your taste. Use them as room dividers as the Japanese do, or merely as accent pieces. A Kotatsu table is also a lovely, unique Japanese item that will bring this theme to a room immediately. A low dark wood table in a rectangle shape, sometimes with a heater in the middle, it is the center of Japanese home life.

The next easy way to add a Japanese motif is straw mats that are known as Goza mats. Some have woven borders with a design. They are used for a variety of functions in Japan, such as sleeping, sitting or as pathways in the home, but you can use them as accents only if you like, for instance as a bench cover or a substitute for an area rug.

An easy piece to add is a gong. Very symbolic of the Japanese style, you can choose one in any number of sizes, depending upon the size of your room. There are very large gongs, but you have to have a lot of space for them. A gong that hangs, and is only about a foot or so in diameter is more practical. They come with lovely scroll designs, and you can use the mallet to ring it, or you can just hang it on the wall as a work of art.

Calligraphy in Japanese or Chinese characters will make the room look Asian in an instant. This is a really simple way to bring this style into your house, since you can get pre-framed works with calligraphy writing and lovely pictures on them. They are usually in simple, dramatic black wood frames, which reflect the dramatic lines of this style.

Now that you have some ideas about how to bring the Asian decorating style into your home, you can start shopping on the net for companies that have this kind of decorating items. This will make your transformation into Asian style even easier.
About the Author
Adam Peters enjoys writing about japanese furnishing for http://www.home-decorating-reviews.com . You can find more information and resources on japanese interiors at his website.
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